Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose, the Chairperson of the Lokpal, on 16 May 2019 inaugurated the website of Lokpal. The Website can be accessed at http://lokpal.gov.in. The Website has been developed by National Informatics Centre (NIC). It provides the basic information with respect to the working and functioning of the Lokpal.
The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 calls for setting up Lokpal at the center and Lokayuktas at the State level. The appointment of the chairperson or members of Lokpal cannot be invalidated merely on the basis of the absence of Leader of Opposition Party, one of the members of the selection committee.
The Lokpal is appointed by a high-level selection committee headed by Prime Minister. The Committee also consists of Lok Sabha Speaker, Leader of Opposition Party (LoP), Chief Justice of India and an eminent jurist.
India got its first Lokpal on 19 March 2019 with the appointment of Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose as the Chairperson of Lokpal, six years after the passage of Act. Ghose took over the office on 23 March 2019 after administering the oath of office.
Who is Lokpal?
Established under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013, Lokpal is the first of its kind institution in India. It is a multimember body with a Chairperson and Members.
The post of Chairperson can be filled in by a person who is or has been a Chief Justice or Judge of the Supreme Court. The Members can be individuals who are or have been Judges or Chief Justices of High Courts.